UPM Milking Farm and Museum of Anatomy

Wow, it's been so long since I've updated this blog. If you'd like to catch up with us, I mostly post on my other blog now. We visited UPM's milking farm and Museum of Anatomy recently. TO read more, please visit my link here.

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Visit to KL Bird Park

Post Found here KL BIRD PARK.

 Please hop over to my other blog through link to read.

Daily operating hours: 9am to 6pm
Ticket prices for Mykad holders: Adult Rm25, children Rm12
Ticket prices for non card holders: A -Rm48, C-Rm38
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Road Trip to Johore

We recently had a wonderful roadtrip to Johore. There are 3 parts to this post,
1)  the first was to Noah's Ark. To read about our visit to Noah's Ark Sanctuary, please visit my other blog here Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary

2)The Second part of the journey was a wonderful learning adventure about seahorses. To read the post, please click here --> In search of Seahorses.

3)  A visit to Other random places in Johor.

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Sky Trex Shah Alam

This was tricky, but my child enjoyed the challenge
We joined a friend of ours for a SkyTrex adventure. Since I am afraid of heights, I didn't sign up personally, but signed my kids up. :)
Well, later after looking at the children's circuit, I wished I did coz it sure looked like a lot of fun, and the circuit wasn't too high up. Anyway, SkyTrex is basically an obstacle course in the sky, well trees really. The children's one takes about 1 hour to finish (partially because you have to wait for those ahead of you.) Most kids who went with us loved it so much they each went several rounds. Here, I'll just be lazy and copy and paste from the Skytrex link

 " This little circuit consists of 23 adventure challenges with difficulty level ranging from “easy“
to “difficult“. The challenges are named after common animals behavior such as “Rubah Terbang“ (Flying Fox), “Tulang Naga“ (Dragon Bones), “Jungkit Arnab“ (Rabbit Flip-Flop) and many more. End the activity with the “70m flying fox “ which takes you across 2 lakes to the finishing point. The various challenges is guaranteed to keep the children, and also the less adventurous adults, busy but happy throughout the day. Platform height between 3m to 5m.

Time to complete: Approximately 0.5 hour for each round. Each group is entitled to 2 hours (max) of unlimited rounds
Minimum height requirement:
1.1 m

WARNING: Kids below 8 Years Old MUST be accompanied by an Adult climbing:
1 Adult for max 2 Kids below 8 Years Old

Maximum weight:
100 kg "

Well, let me conclude by saying that my children REALLy REALLY enjoyed it all!! They are already asking to go again!! The adults might try the Extreme Challenge, but I think I'll stay with my feet firmly planted on the ground.

My child doing the flying fox across the lake

Entrance time:
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays*.
From 8.30am onwards.
No minimum number of pax required.

Park will only be opened for group bookings with a minimum of 25 pax.

Rates: RM 35 for little Circuit, RM 45-55 for the adult circuit.

Tel: +601 3276 9841
Fax: +603 7960 8290
Email: skytrex@skytrex-adventure.com
Website: http://www.skytrex-adventure.com


National Mail Center, Shah Alam

Several weeks ago, we visited the National Mail Center (Pos Malaysia) in Shah Alam. It was a very enjoyable and educational tour. The staff there were really friendly and children had a lot of hands on activities to help them understand the whole process of sorting mail before they're sent to various district post offices for delivery. To end the tour, refreshments (milo and nuggets were provided!), and everyone received a beautiful set of stamps as door gifts! I highly recommend this tour.

To organize a  tour there yourself, here's the contact info. (Whole tour takes about 11/2 to 2 hours.)

Muhammad Hafiz A Kadir | Bahagian Komunikasi Korporat | Pos Malaysia Berhad
Aras 7, Kompleks Dayabumi, 50670 Kuala Lumpur |
( : +6 (03) 2267 2206 | 7 : +6 (03) 2267 2255 | *  
:  hafiz.kadir@pos.com.my | 8: www.pos.com.my

Below, just a few shots...of just some of the machines. To view entire process do visit the place yourself.
Mail is separated in this machine which spins all letters around.
Standard sized envelopes go through this machine for stamp cancellation
Stamps on large envelopes are cancelled manually by staff.

En. Amer our guide was friendly and explained stuff in detail. He also patiently answered all our questions. :)

The computer screen provides info on number of letters processed, number rejected etc.

Many of us were fascinated with this machine. Envelopes zoomed by at super speed.

Letters that somehow weren't processed coz stamps weren't in the correct space are processed by this machine (after a staff arranges them in order)
Mail addresses are scanned and read by a machine, and then a postcode bar is printed on. The machines then drop letters into various compartments based on postcode.

Our kids helped place tags into the boxes below before placing them in right compartments to "collect" letters.
Mails that have been placed in correct boxes are sent on the ramp..

where it goes up to who knows where coz I wasn't paying attention here. Sorry. :|

Mail ready to be delivered to district post offices. Mails to East Malaysia are placed in bags.

Kuala Lumpur

We decided to visit hitorical places within Kuala Lumpur. To read more about our trip, visit my other blog here I am Malaysian: visiting Kuala Lumpur.

Old High Court, Kuala Lumpur

Dataran Merdeka


Camping- Tanjung Tuan PD (Raptor Watch)

We had a really awesome time camping at Tanjung Tuan during the MNS organized Raptor Watch.
For whole story and more pictures, please visit my personal blog here--> Raptor Watch Camping Trip.

To camp in this area, you're required to obtain special permit from Perhilitan in advance.

The trail from our car to campsite takes us through this beach. Walk from carpark to campsite is approx 20 mins, so pack light.

We hiked up to the lighthouse from where we saw hundreds of raptors! Amazing sight indeed!

I never knew that they allowed visitors into a mosque till we were invited by a group of schoolers. It was certainly an interesting experience viewing the architecture from the inside on a guided tour.

Taken from the Wikipedia: The mosque was commissioned by the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz, when he declared Shah Alam as the new capital of Selangor on 14 February, 1974. Construction began in 1982 and finished on 11 March, 1988. The Mosque is also known as the Blue Mosque owing to its blue dome. The building has the distinction of having the largest religious dome in the world, it measures 51.2 m (167 ft) in diameter and reaches 106.7 m (350 ft) above ground level.[3] The four minarets, each reaching 142.3 m (460 ft) above ground level[4] are the 2nd tallest in the world, the distinction of the world's highest being held by the Hassan II Mosque (Arabic: مسجد الحسن الثاني‎) in Casablanca, Morocco.[5] In its early years, the mosque was listed in the Guinness World Records as having the tallest minaret in the world before being supplanted by the 210 m (689 ft) at the Hassan II Mosque[6] when that structure was inaugurated in August 1993. The Blue Mosque (Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz) does however still maintain the distinction of having the world's tallest group of minarets as the set of four each stand at 106.7 m (350 ft) above ground level.
The first imam that lead the first prayer in this mosque was Imam Dzulkhairi Tajuddin Mustaffa which was a graduate from Universiti Kerajaan Langit."

This is the minaret which is used for the "Call to Prayer (Azan).

The Imam on the left talking about the architecture as we walked

The view of the mosque from the outside. Dome is made out of Aluminium

This is the dome found in the prayer room.

A very colourful Quran. My girls discovered that it is written in Arabic.

The Prayer room where the men gather to pray.

Taman Warisan Pertanian PutraJaya

We recently organized a field trip to learn about rubber tapping and processing. It was certainly an informative and enjoyable tour. If you plan on going, do book ahead of time to reserve the buggies. Thankfully we did! With buggies, our tour took us almost 2 and a half hours. Imagine walking that and longer in the hot hot sun! We arrived by 9am, started by touring the orchard, getting off almost every stop to touch, feel and learn.

Flower from the "asam keping" tree. When the fruit is not in season, the red shoots (as seen behind flower) can be used to enhance flavour in tomyam. We bit it, and it is sour!

White or Black Pepper? Well..both come from the same fruit. When dried in hot sun, it's packed as black pepper. If soaked in water, that;s white pepper.

This was Jo's favourite part, seeing the cocoa fruit. She took a whole fruit home and has been keenly researching how to make chocolates!

A worker there tapped rubber for us to see and feel what fresh rubber feels like

Rubber being turned into sheets

And then smoked in this house

Butter Fruit

All Spice Tree
For more info and to book, you can check out the packages on their website:
Taman Warisan Pertanian

@Martha 2012

Pottery shop/factory 7th mile Kuching

We've been for several pottery lessons before and love it each time we go. Well, this CNY hols, we decided to revisit a larger pottery store/factory in Kuching. For full post click on title or visit my other blog - Visit to Kuching Pottery . (As long as shop is opened, just tell the owner you'd like to see the factory, and go visit. It's located right behind the store. If he's free, he'll even give you a proper tour. ) :)

@Martha , 2011

Kuching Riverfront

We always enjoy walking at the riverfront looking for odd knick knacks. 

 To read more of our recent visit here, please click Here for post on my personal blog.
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Padi Planting -Tanjung Karang and Padi Factory-Sekinchan

Went Padi Planting, for full post please click here for link to my personal blog.
Planting in Tanjung Karang. There's a charge of RM40 per person. To make a booking, contact De Palma Inn Kuala Selangor.

@Martha , 2011